Jeff Gordon seemed to struggle for most of the afternoon at Richmond, but he qualified among the top 12. He posted only the 20th-quickest 10-lap average in the morning session and was 17th-quick in final practice. He will line up 11th.
For the second straight week, Jeff Gordon scored a season-best finish. He was seventh in the Duck Commander 500 last week and finished third in the Food City 500 to earn his first top-five of the season.
Jeff Gordon struggled through most of the weekend at Bristol with only the 13th fastest lap in Friday’s practice session, a qualification speed that landed him 23rd on the grid, and the 15th-fastest speed in Saturday morning’s session. In final practice, he finally jumped to the top of the board with the fourth-fastest single lap of speed at 126.420 mph.
Jeff Gordon took two tires only on the final pit stop and held off most of the field to score his fourth consecutive top-10 finish. He crossed under the checkers seventh in the Duck Commander 500, which is his best result so far in the 2015 season.
Jeff Gordon sustained crash damage in his first three races this season and finished outside the top 15 each time. That sunk him deep enough in the points’ standings that he still could not gain a top-16 position until Ryan Newman’s penalty elevated the No. 24 one spot.
Jeff Gordon incurred a penalty during his final pit stop and was forced to restart the race at the end of the lead lap with 35 laps remaining. He made a valiant charge through the pack and finished ninth in the STP 500.
Jeff Gordon posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session. His top speed was 96.261 mph from laps 41 through 50. That speed was faster than all but 17 drivers’ fastest laps.
Jeff Gordon gambled by staying out on the next-to-last restart and led the Auto Club 400 on old tires. When the race had two green-white-checkered attempts, he fell back through the field and barely managed to finish 10th.
Jeff Gordon finally avoided bad luck at Phoenix in the CampingWorld.com 500 and finished ninth in the final rundown.
Jeff Gordon’s final fulltime season as a NASCAR driver is not getting off to the start he hoped. He was involved in late-race accidents at Daytona and Atlanta which contributed to back-to-back results outside the top 30. At Vegas, he ran into the back of Jeb Burton when that driver slowed to miss a crashing Jimmie Johnson with less than 100 laps remaining.
Bad luck has followed Jeff Gordon to Las Vegas. He ran into Danica Patrick in the final minutes of final practice for the Kobalt 400 and will be forced to roll out a backup. He had the 14th-fastest time in that session.
In his final start at Las Vegas as a fulltime driver, Jeff Gordon set a new track record with a speed of 194.679 mph. This is Gordon’s first pole at the track and the third time he has started on the front row.
Jeff Gordon posted the fastest single lap in the afternoon test session at Atlanta. His top speed was 188.424 mph, which was posted early in his run. Gordon also posted the quickest 10-lap average in that session with a speed of 185.458 mph during his first 10 laps around the track.
Jeff Gordon posted the fastest lap in Friday morning’s practice for the Daytona 500. His top speed was 193.079 mph.